Can it be done? I’ve seen the small live traps used to catch rats. I’m sure I could get my hands on a few of them. Would that be enough?
I’m not worried about the rats getting into our dog pen since I’ve seen both how this gentle mother can become aggressive to protect her litter and how dogs handle rats in general. I don’t think any rat in its right mind(instinct) would venture in there when the mother is there. I think the rats would be pretty intimidated with 9 pups too, so I’m not worried about it when I walk the mother either.
Our doggy house is built against a big metal factory, like an addition you could say. This factory is where our lady friend feeds the strays daily. All of them are very healthy. She hires a vet to come on site every year to vaccinate all the dogs. She’s just amazing. She is the dog angel around here. Anyways, whenever I go out to walk the dogs at night, the lady is either there already or the rats see me coming before I see them because I seldom see rats. Until now… Now that we have this mini-holding center, I pull in often with my scooter at night, headlights on, and I surprise the rats. Tonight, I think I saw something like six at once crawling back under the tin walls of the metal factory. They obviously love dog food.
The lady’s been feeding the dogs for years in this location, and the rats too… There has to be so many… I don’t want to use poison, can I help this pest problem without killing the little rodents?
I’m going to try anyways. I’ll take pics of all the rats I capture and maybe we can give them all names as I post their pics in this thread.
Seriously, there’s just too many there and I am concerned that it’s a potential danger for the dog’s health. I don’t want to start killing rats, but I’d like to help this problem.
Where is a decent place to release the rats? In the forest? Would anyone want to adopt or foster a wild rat? I suppose I’ll just have to find a place to relocate them. Do you think it would be just a waste of time? Or would I notice a worthy decrease in rat population around the metal factory?
Just thinking out loud here. I have very little knowledge concerning rats.